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Air Commando Ruck March
Imagine walking 450 miles in less than a week. Now think about walking that distance with a 50-pound pack on your back.
The Air Commando Ruck March is a journey from MacDill Air Force Base to Hurlburt Field.
Why a group of service members took the challenge.
Laura Hussey "The Air Commando Ruck March began at the Special Operations Forces Memorial on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. It ended here at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Airpark."
Six days. Four hundred fifty miles. Dozens of blisters and one blown knee. Fourteen people, walking around the clock, to honor brothers and sisters in arms.
They left Tampa on Sunday, walking in teams of three and four, switching out every twelve miles. Friends and family joined them for the walk through the Hurlburt Gate.
Jared Brupbacher: "When you first start, 450 miles seems like a long way away, but it's here before you know it, and we're doing it for a really good cause."
The Ruckers, as they call themselves, are raising money for the Air Commando Association. It will be used for scholarships and other financial assistance for families of fallen warriors.
Laura Hussey "Several of the marchers we spoke to said despite the sore feet, they're ready to do it all again next year."